Being 12,000 km away from Indonesia, I received the news of Suharto’s at least 8 hours later. Yesterday, as Stuart directly went to sports channel, I went blogwalking and found out that the former Indonesian president died. I immediately sent texts to several friends asking how the situation in Indonesia after the news is spread out. I was thinking it would have created chaos, that people would have started demanding justice, to bring Suharto’s children to trial. But no, I’ve heard my beloved country is officially in a state of mourning for 7 days.
Having read John Orford‘s question whether Indonesians give respect too easily, I continued my blogwalking, and I’ve found so many (Indonesian) bloggers post about Suharto. I was amazed (and confused?) to read that most of them forgive Suharto and pray for him.
Martin Manurung showed interesting differences of headlines on the Indonesian newspapers vs. other international press.
Wimar Witolear’s Perspektif Online posted few articles, and the most interesting is on its Soundbytes, as below:
But the rest of the nation seem very forgiving and all pay respect to the ex-leader of Indonesian who ruled the country for 32 years.
So what is going to happen now in Indonesia?